If you’ve ever had hemorrhoids you know they aren’t any fun. For many people hemorrhoids may go away on their own after a few days, but for others hemorrhoids can become a recurring and painful problem.
So what are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are actually swollen blood vessels. They can be internal or external, and some people may have both types at the same time. External hemorrhoids are more likely to cause pain and itching when irritated while internal hemorrhoids are generally painless but can cause bleeding.
For most people, simple treatments are all that is needed to get relief from hemorrhoids.
Over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help with pain and swelling. Other remedies include to try include:
- Icing the area for 10 minutes followed by placing a warm compress on the area for another 10 to 20 minutes.
- Taking a sitz bath several times a day.
- Using baby wipes or moistened towels like Tucks pads, after a bowel movement.
But to keep hemorrhoids away we suggest patients eat foods with plenty of fiber, drink enough water, exercise regularly and avoid standing for long periods of time.
For most people hemorrhoids will resolve on their own, but for others medical treatment may be necessary. If you are suffering from recurring or severe hemorrhoids talk to your doctor about available treatments. For more information about hemorrhoids click here.